10 Ways You Might Be Embarrassing Your Tween

Image Gallery: Parenting Sometimes just existing can be enough to embarrass your tween. That and nine other things we've profiled here. See more parenting pictures.

Although we certainly don't set out to embarrass our tweens, it's perfectly normal to derive a bit of pleasure from such low-hanging fruit. After all, wasn't it just a few years ago that our potty-training prodigy made an impromptu poo in the front yard -- just as her Sunday school teacher pulled into the driveway for a visit?

So we admit to satisfying our own twisted sense of justice when we wear our Van Halen concert T-shirts (circa 1985) to pick up our sons from basketball practice. Or when we refuse to utter a word of caution as our husbands pair socks with sandals to escort our tweens to the mall. We really are embarrassing.

As your tween becomes an almost-teenager in a world fraught with hyper-mature role models, remain calm -- no matter what your tween's processing. Still, there's no harm in pushing the envelope once in a while. Especially if it means you don't have to give up your favorite T-shirt. After all, no tween ever really died of embarrassment, right?

However, in the interest of bridging the gap between tween drama and real-life parenting, we've come up with 10 ways we could tone it down. Mastering these hot topics will foster a feeling of understanding -- which is what your tween is really after.